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Automated braking prevents more accidents than first thought

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on November 30, 2018

A study by renowned highway safety experts indicates that automatic emergency brakes may be even more beneficial than originally thought. The study, which reviewed vehicle accident data in General Motors vehicles, indicates that automatic emergency braking systems are especially helpful in preventing rear-end collisions. The addition of automatic emergency brakes might end up saving lives…

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The risks of nighttime driving

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on November 12, 2018

Now that Daylight Saving Time has ended for the year, Louisiana readers will spend more time driving in the dark. Unfortunately, the National Safety Council reports that the risk of a fatal crash is three times greater once the sun goes down. One of the reasons nighttime driving can be riskier is that a driver’s vision is…

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Halloween safety tips for trick-or-treaters, parents and drivers

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on October 31, 2018

Halloween is one of the most dangerous days for traffic crashes. The National Highway Traffic Administration reports that holiday drunk driving fatalities reach their peak between 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 and 6 a.m. on Nov. 1. Drunk driving was to blame for 44 percent of the fatal traffic crashes that occurred during this 12-hour…

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Truck accident fatalities on the rise

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on October 08, 2018

Louisiana readers may have heard that there were fewer overall traffic fatalities in 2017 than there were in 2016. However, according to a new government report, there was an increase in the number of traffic deaths caused by large trucks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that traffic accident deaths dropped by 1.8 percent…

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Reality-based drivers’ ed and its effect on teen drivers

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on September 14, 2018

Louisiana parents concerned about giving car keys to their teenage children may take a page from the book of neighboring Texas. The Texas Reality Education for Drivers program is a drivers’ education supplement aimed at teens who are unsafe drivers. Besides traditional elements like lectures, videos and discussions, the program incorporates more interactive and reality-based…

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Rural roundabouts reduce serious car accident injuries

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on August 30, 2018

Though they’re several states apart, Louisiana motorists may be interested in something that North Carolina residents know: roundabouts in rural areas save lives. That state began installing roundabouts out in the country after a 21-year-old pregnant woman was killed in an intersection by a driver who ran a stop sign. After that accident, the North…

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IIHS puts autonomous car safety systems to the test

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on August 21, 2018

Much has been said and written in Louisiana and around the country in recent years about the impact that autonomous automobile safety systems and self-driving cars will have on road safety. Some experts say that this technology will eliminate the human error that causes the overwhelming majority of motor vehicle accidents and save thousands of…

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Tips for avoiding car accidents

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on August 15, 2018

Many auto accidents in Louisiana are caused by human error, which makes them preventable. If drivers consider the following tips, they can drastically reduce their risks for a crash. The first is to avoid all distracting behaviors while on the road; this includes all cell phone use, eating, putting on makeup, reading, reaching into the…

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How to recognize and avoid drowsy driving

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on August 07, 2018

Drowsy driving is a greater problem than many Louisiana residents might think. In 2018, AAA reported that the number of crashes involving drowsy drivers is actually eight times higher than federal estimates indicate. In a poll from the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of adults admitted to driving drowsy, and 37 percent admitted to falling…

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Study shows women more likely to be distracted drivers

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on July 30, 2018

Talking on the phone while driving can double the risk for an accident, and texting while driving will increase that risk by six times. Drivers in Louisiana are probably aware that distracted driving is becoming a major issue; they themselves may engage in it. Unfortunately, many people are not aware that phone use behind the…

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